"They are the two dynasties – there is no one else in history who has lasted as long as they have and beaten everybody they have been matched against," said Engel after witnessing Australia's 5-0 triumph yesterday.
Ponting devoted himself to the task. His first step was to admit that England had deserved to win and that his side had been off its game. Australia worked hard in preparation. Ponting took his side to a boot camp, urged senior men to keep playing, developed plans with John Buchanan, his underestimated coach. No stone was left unturned.
Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo